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How do I switch my laptop from ubuntu to windows 7?

I recently had a laptop given to me that is using the ubuntu operating system, which I absolutely hate. I have school stuff for college I need to do on my laptop, but windows is required. So can anyone tell me how i can switch? Do I have to just buy the program and install it? Is it hard? I’m not computer literate at all so any help is appreciated. Also when I do switch over will I have windows media center and photo and music programs?
ok so I added WINE now what do i do? how do i run itunes and my iphone? is there a photo program i can install?

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  1. Billz101 | Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    you need to buy windows 7 and install it on your computer, i should think? im not completely sure though because this is only what i know. good luck :)

  2. Goerge | Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Yes you have to buy windows 7 and install the disc. Al;low it to boot from the windows 7 disk and let it reformat the drive which will erase Ubuntu er um Linux 8.1, 9.01, 10.4 or whatever is on there. You can go to system then synaptic package manage and search for WINE . It is a windows emulator. It allows a lot of windows programs to work on Ubuntu. Yes Windows 7 will have what you need.

  3. cen | Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

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    Do I have to just buy the program and install it?
    /QUOTE

    That is exactly correct. It’s more than just a program though; it’s an entirely operating system. That’s just semantics though.

    You can buy it online or in an actual store. Insert the disc, boot from it, and follow the onscreen instructions. There is nothing difficult about installing Windows 7 at all. Anybody can do it. Computer literacy is not required. The only settings that you’ll need to be able to configure are very simple things, such as the date, time of day, your desired username, password, keyboard layout, preferred language, geographic location, update settings, etc…

    If the computer boots from the hard disk drive instead of the disc, however, please ensure that first boot priority is set to CD/DVD-ROM in BIOS and then try booting from the installation disc again.

    Also, before actually buying Windows 7, make sure you meet the minimum system requirements (unless you have an extremely old computer, it will probably exceed the requirements). It’s just that you wouldn’t want to spend a huge sum of money buying Windows 7 only to find that you can’t use it, so check beforehand.

  4. Dennis R | Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Yep, all you need to do is obtain a copy of Win7. I’ve got Win7 Professional on my laptop and love it. Media Center is terrific…It’s all there. Go buy you a copy. Shutoff the computer, put the Win7 DVD into your dvd player, boot. Should be good to go. If it boots into ubuntu, you’ll need to go into tbe bios and change the boot sequence to boot from dvd/cd first. The booting into bios isn’t hard and is something that a more computer literate friend or family member can help with.

    Enjoy!

    Dennis

  5. Insertnamehere | Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    There are quite a few ways to accomplish this but first and foremost if you are not computer literate I would suggest letting somebody who knows what they are doing make the transition for you. Depending on what field you are going into I would personally suggest leaving unbuntu on the computer and creating a new partition to install windows 7 onto if you have the hard drive space. Once a new partition is created it will simply be purchasing a full version of windows 7 which will not be cheap by the way and installing it onto that partition. Once installed you will enter the bios and make the partition containing windows 7 the primary boot disk. And finally yes you will have all the standard programs included with windows.

  6. Carling | Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Everything you can do with windows can be done with Ubuntu, so what is it that you need to do that you Think you can’t do with Linux, Linux has everything Windows 7 has and more, with linus you can do anything and everything, You can even run iTunes, iPods and iPhones with Linux

    Ubuntu has Open Office which is compatible with MS Office 2008, it will do all the same things, and more besides, it’s just a case of STOP thinking the Microsoft way, If you would like to let me know what you need to do then send me a message giving me details of what you need to do.

    Remember one thing Linux is fast stable secure and virus free Windows is one big problem from start to finish, with all the viruses, malware and hackers, and all the time and money wasted fixing these problems,

  7. Technocrate | Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    You need to make sure your BIOS Boot options are set to boot from the DVD

    Insert the Windows 7 DVD

    Reboot the computer, you will have to press one of the Function F keys on your keyboard to enter your BIOS, it can be either F1, F2, F9, or F12 or even the DEL key depending on how your computer is setup. Please refer to your computer manual for information relating how to enter the BIOS.

    When you have entered the BIOS, you will set the DVD drive as your boot device, this is usually under a text menu called Boot Options, go there and make sure the DVD drive is set as the first device.

    After you have done that, save the settings, by pressing F10

    You can then press ESC on your keyboard to exit the BIOS

    You will then be asked to press a key boot from the DVD.

    For More Information and help related to windows 7 issues http://windows7.iyogi.net/

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